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Associate General Counsel – Government Contracts, Elbit America, Ft. Worth, TX; Arlington, VA; or Merrimack, NH

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Elbit America has exclusively engaged Harris Legal Search to recruit an Associate General Counsel to support one or more business units and serve as the company’s primary Government Contracts counsel. 

The successful candidate will handle associated legal issues, such as those arising from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and FAR supplements, solicitations, teaming arrangements, licensing, data rights, contracting and subcontracting terms and conditions, and related disputes.  The position’s responsibilities will also encompass strategizing on proposals and other strategic business unit decisions and providing training to business unit personnel on FAR/DFARS topics and other contract-related topics.  The position will report to the Vice President & General Counsel of Elbit America.

Job Location:

  • The position can be supported from any of the following Elbit America facilities: Worth, TX; Arlington, VA; or Merrimack, NH. 

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Integrating and partnering with the business unit leadership team, providing sound legal advice and risk mitigation measures to ensure successful business outcomes.
  • Reviewing solicitations, strategizing approaches for responding, drafting sections addressing particularly legal topics, such as data rights and licensing, and “red teaming” proposals before submission.
  • Advising on pursuing or defending bid protests and selecting and managing outside bid protest counsel when needed.
  • Assisting Contracts personnel with complex or risk-sensitive terms and conditions, such as limiting liability, indemnification, and grounds for termination.
  • Developing and implementing intellectual property protection strategies, including drafting, and negotiating relevant agreements.
  • Strategizing and negotiating teaming relationships.
  • Strategizing, advising and leading steps to resolve disputes, and selecting and managing outside litigation counsel when needed.
  • Maintaining currency on U.S. Government Contracting topics such as Government cost accounting, intellectual property, Other Transaction Authority, Foreign Military Sales, bid protest regulations and caselaw, claims regulations and caselaw, and dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
  • Participating in and contributing to Legal Department discussions on corporate-wide topics, policies, and procedures.
  • Participating in and contributing to Legal Department updates on changing laws and regulations and other continuing education.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President & General Counsel or Executive Management.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited Law School.

Certifications/Licenses:

  • Licensed to practice law in the United States and active membership in at least one state bar
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.

Experience Required:

  • 7-12 years of experience as outside Government Contracts counsel or in-house counsel in the aerospace/defense industry.
  • Experience advising executive clients on business and transactional matters (contracts, agreements, business strategy).
  • Experience providing counseling on U.S. Government programs, including FAR, DFARS and/or other FAR Supplement experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required (Unique and Measurable):

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, preferably as a counsel for a business segment of an engineering/technology-driven defense or aerospace company.
  • Ability to perform the role of hands-on legal generalist.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively in a fast-paced and complex organizational structure.
  • Experience in complex negotiations with the U.S. Government, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers and teammates.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex fact patterns or case law and provide recommendations in an executive-worthy manner.
  • Ability to develop strong client relationships while maintaining an independence appropriate to a compliance function.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral).

Company

Elbit America, LLC (“Elbit America”) is a Delaware limited liability company with its headquarters in Fort Worth, TX.  Elbit America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd, which is a publicly held company (NASDAQ and TASE Exchanges) based in Haifa, Israel. Elbit America is leading provider of high-performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets. With 23 facilities throughout the United States, Elbit America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Established in 1993 as a small F-16 avionics center, Elbit America has since grown substantially and exceeded $1.5 billion in revenue in 2021.  The company’s products now span an array of world-class solutions, including advanced avionics and cockpit solutions, helmet mounted displays, precision targeting systems, sonobuoys, advanced medical diagnostics, and the premier enhanced night vision technology system. 

Elbit America has been named one of The World’s Most Ethical Companies multiple times by Ethisphere and is actively involved in supporting the communities we serve.  This includes significant involvement in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and numerous veteran community programs and scholarships such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Army Scholarship Foundation.

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